I wonder how they get rated best Mexican cuisine every year. I have tried it several times and found the food has no taste! They also tried to overcharge for a few pitchers of margaritas, which I don't think had any alcohol in them. The prices here are way too high. I read an article where the "owner" travels to Mexico 5x a year for ideas. I go to Mexico at least twice and year and the food is authentic and HAS TASTE! Not recommended.
CONS: Bland foods, high prices
I just went to Bearden's for the first time and thought the food was delicious (huge, juicy hamburgers that lived up to its reputation and fame) and the prices were good. The service was okay - the check was given to us halfway through the meal without even asking if we wanted dessert, which gave me the impression they wanted to clear us out fast and make room for next diners. I like long, leisurely meals and not to be rushed.
PROS: Non-smoking atmosphere
Swensons is a restaurant where you don't have to leave your car to get service - everything is conducted 100% by your car. It's a good place to go in the middle of a snow storm to get the hot chocolate and the great BLT's accompanied by one of their side dishes - fried mushrooms, delicious onion rings, potato puffs, or fries. These guys are fabulous and will wait on you when it's 20 degrees outside.
PROS: Service, food
Located in a former McDonalds, this popular Thai restaurant is a vast improvement in cuisine. It's a few steps away from the Cedar-Lee Theater, making it a good place for dinner before a movie.
With its large windows and high ceilings, the space feels light and airy, although it can get a little noisy when it's crowded. It is trendy, but not snobby.
The food is always tasty and the service is superb. Some of our favorite dishes are the Siam wings appetizer, the Pad Thais, and the creamy coconut milk curry dishes. The fried rice dishes have a nice smoky flavor. Some of the dishes are surprisingly spicy, but there are plenty of offerings for those who prefer something mild. The vegetables are perfectly cooked -- crispy and light. The menu is huge, so I'm sure we'll find more favorites.
Overall, this is one of our favorite local restaurants.
PROS: Carry-Out is available, summer outdoor seating
CONS: Closed on Sundays
Mom's Diner keeps the 50s theme alive with a black-and-white checkered floor and counter with stools surrounding the counter. Their breakfasts are famous: Mom's Really Big Breakfast features three eggs, three pancakes, two strips of bacon, and two sausage links and is really filling. For lunch, you can try some of Pop's concoctions, like my dad's favorite, Dad's Chili (topped with cheese and sour cream) or a meatloaf sandwich with an extra heaping of gravy. Or you can opt for a classic burger and fries, which is what I always go for. They're juicy and big. For dessert, have some of their delicious homemade ice cream - that is, if you have room. ;)
PROS: Huge Portions, Big Variety
Stan's Northfield Bakery is a family-owned bakery still making fresh breads, cookies, and cakes. Their most popular items are their handmade pierogies and deli-lunes, filled with everything imaginable from cheese, apples, and potatoes. Aside from the usual baksed goods you'd expect to find in a bakery, they offer a more exotic and delicate fare you can't find elsewhere, such as marshmallow-filled, enormous lady locks. Yum!
Nested in Little Italy, Trattoria Roman Garden has three dining rooms and a patio, yet always a line at the door despite all the seating! That really speaks to the quality of their restaurant. Their food is superb, from delicate raviolis to pasta with marinara sauce. Each dish comes is served in humongous portions and their prices are great. Often, on weekends, they have live music with Sinatra tunes to enhance the Italian experience.
I do not recommend this restaurant for several reasons:
1) Cleanliness. Although their restaurant is bright and immaculate, with neat Mexican decorations adorning the place, I know of someone who had a grub on their steak. Gross.
2) I have a friend who got severe food poisoning after eating there. TWICE.
3) You can make a better margarita in your own home.
4) And can get better food at Taco Bell.
Pick a different authentic Mexican restaurant before eating here.
Aladdin's has the best hummus in Cleveland, I'm convinced. Their hummus appetizer comes with really fresh, warm pitas and is the best part of the meal, IMO. Their wraps are delicious, thick, and long, and their smoothies are refreshing and come in a lot of flavors. They have great coffee and cakes, too, and a nice atmosphere. The servers are very friendly.
This is a great place to get your Christmas shopping done. They have houseware and appliances (I bought a blender here for my friend addicted to Jamba Juice smoothies), jewelry for ladies (what girl doesn't love jewelry?), gardening tools (perfect for my grandparents), and everything in between for home decoration and personal use. I love the layout - there are sample rooms completely furnished with merchandise you can purchase, so if you're not the best at home decorations, you can follow their suggestions or leads and coordinate colors and items together to make your home match and flow well.